More Calories Out Than Calories In Equals Weight Loss — NOT!!
In the fitness world, it is a commonly held belief that the more calories you burn in relation to the fewer calories taken in equals a caloric deficit. Moreover, this caloric deficit results in weight loss.
If only weight loss were that simple. A lot more people would be thin and the United States would not have an obesity problem.
Many people wonder how could this be. After all America is one of the most fitness conscious countries on the planet. Very few nations are so obsessed with physical appearance, muscle size, diet, exercise and cardio as America is. Yet, toddlers in the U.S. are facing unprecedented obesity rates. This was unheard of 40 years ago. Obviously, there is more to being fat than not burning enough calories through exercise.
Leptin is a hormone that came to the attention of the scientific community in the 90s. Leptin is known to many as the fat burning hormone. Thats right, the more leptin produced by the body, the more your fat stores are tapped for energy. However, many of us are developing high levels of leptin resistance. This means that even though our bodies may be producing leptin, leptin receptors in the body are not sensing the increased leptin levels. When the body does not sense the increased leptin levels it spares fat stores. That is why many of us work out really hard, and have what we believe is a great diet but have an accumulation of fat around the midsection that just will not go away.
Moreover, your body has only 2 sources of energy once food is digested and broken down. They are sugars and fats. So throughout the course of your day, whether you are reading a book, digging a ditch, running 5 miles or sitting at a computer, you are burning calories that either come from a fat source or a sugar source. If leptin is not allowing you to use your stored fat source (love handle, midsection belly fat), then your body breaks down muscle tissue for sugar. In other words, the muscle mass you’ve worked so hard to build is being catabolized by your body because of its inability to burn stored fat for energy.
The cause of leptin resistance is by and large your body’s reaction to the processed foods that you eat every single day. Also, we are victims of high sugar and high carb diets that are very difficult to escape. Everything that we eat from movie popcorn, to soda, to bread on a sandwich, to the post workout protein supplement, to the mojito at the jazz club, to the starbucks coffee before work, to the high protein paleo plate, gets us dependant on a glucose (sugar) based energy source as opposed to the fat based energy source. It is the process of getting the body dependant on a fat based energy source that leads to the metabolism of fat stores in the body as well as a healthy response to leptin.
Insulin is a hormone that is released by the pancreas. It regulates what cells can absorb and utilize glucose (blood sugar). Now, our muscle and brain cells can only use so much glucose. The excess glucose is stored in fat cells where it becomes free fatty acids.
The human body has evolved to use excess fat for energy in times when food is scarce. Furthermore, the human body uses the readily available glucose in times when food is readily available and the body is not in starvation mode.
That being said, because of the western world’s high consumption of sugary products, many of us live in a state of consistently high blood sugar levels. This means that our bodies are constantly storing glucose for energy, but very rarely is there a utilization of glucose and this leads to an accumulation of adipose fat tissue (obesity).
Dr Ritamarie Discusses Insulin and Belly Fat
Improving Leptin Sensitivity
There are ways to improve leptin sensitivity and allow you body to burn fat as energy instead of sugar (especially sugar from catabolized muscle). For example there are foods that encourage leptin sensitivity and production. Among these foods are:
• African Mango Tree Extract
• Oleanic Acid
• Brown Seaweed Extract
• Shan Qi
• Yerba Mate & Green Tea
• Raspberry Ketones
Among the foods to avoid are anything that circumvents the body’s use of fat as an energy source. Because the body will use sugars before it uses fat there are a lot of foods that are not conducive to weight loss.
• French Fries
• Fried Food (fried in canola or corn oil)
• Orange Juice
• Sugary Desserts
Remember, this list is a guideline for hard losers. Moreover, this is for people who already have a tendency toward leptin resistance and difficulty with burning adipose fat as fuel.
If you do not take action the problems that arise from insulin resistance and leptin resistance lead to serious medical issues. It is a proven fact that having a higher percentage of body fat, especially around the midsection can increase the chances of diabetes and other maladies. However, this does not have to be the case for you.
In this world, there are 2 types of people:
• They are the ones who make things happen
• The ones who let life happen to them
The ones who let life happen to them are the ones who are passive with regard to weight gain, diabetes and their health in general. Accordingly, they are shocked when they get the inevitable notification from their doctor that they have diabetes or asthma or any host of ailments that can be associated with obesity.